Saturday, April 24, 2021

From Germany to New York: 5 artists on 4 rusty sidecar motorcycles, and they only had 972 Breakdowns! ... (thanks Kim!)

Welcome aboard the Ural 650, a moody sidecar motorcycle on a 40.000-kilometer journey through Russia, all the way to New York city!

getting the band on the road in a van, the quintessential road trip tour, is the theme of a new documentary by Dave Grohl

a new documentary is on the way for next Friday that looks back at the early days of some of music's biggest stars: Ringo, Flea, Slash, Steven Tyler, Metallica, No Doubt, and the Foos.

"This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music," Grohl said in a statement. "What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of 'why?' 'What drives us?'"

What Drives Us is set for release April 30 via the Coda Collection, a music-centric streaming service, via Amazon Prime Video Channels.

really cool cover art on the Fortune magazine, from a wide variety of artists.

All found on the exceptionally terrific blog of Art and Artists

Jules Cheret, 1900

Rocket warfare in ancient India? A sculpture in an ancient Hindu temple depicts a rolling launching pad with missiles

I guess every decade or so something cool comes along that young people have fun with, skates, skateboards, BMX bikes, then X games. I wonder what's gonna be next

cool cars look better with race track numbers on the doors

Friday, April 23, 2021

2 friends, and their efforts to break a vintage bike speed record on an 1951 Soviet IZH-49 they turn into a vintage speed machine.

The film was completed in 2019, and has been making the rounds at film festivals ever since.

skip the bullshit and the 1st 5 minutes 40 seconds, and get right to the drag race between the 396 SS Camaro, and the cooler 69 440 6 pack Super Bee

a 1989 Ford F800 cargo truck bound for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was intercepted by U.S. Customs in Puerto Rico, it was smuggling $1,349,040 in cash.

Anthony Quinn, 1/4 Irish, 3/4 Mexican

Quinn had appeared in more movies with other Oscar-winning actors than any other Oscar-winning actor - a total of 46 Oscar-winning co-stars (28 male, 18 female).

Before he launched his acting career, Quinn worked odd jobs as a butcher, a boxer, street corner preacher and a slaughterhouse worker. 

He also won a scholarship to study architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom he developed a close relationship.

Thanks Steve!

"Kiss and fly", the 'Drop off zone' sign in a Lithuanian airport

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bike rack in Milan

TIL Kelly Blue Book has been purchased by Autotrader and NADA Guides has been purchased by J.D. Power (a P.R. firm) and no longer give accurate values of used cars.

probably the funniest thing you'll see today

like iron filings to a magnet

Honda confirms 19th U.S. death due to the recalled Takata airbags... Honda had made more than 100 attempts to reach the car's owners, but the repair was never done

The vehicle involved in the fatal crash had been under recall since April 2011.

Honda said it made more than 100 attempts to reach owners of this vehicle including mailed notices, phone calls, emails and in-person canvassing visits

a recent true account of car insurance vs hospital bills... in case you're convinced that you've got enough insurance to cover a crash and the injuries it causes

example of a paragraph from the article:

 Geico generally pays rates set by the state — which are dramatically lower than what was charged. But Gottlieb’s bill included billing codes not on the state schedule. For most, the insurer paid exactly what was charged, for example allowing the full price of $39,195 the hospital charged for nine surgical screws.

a 1964 Cadillac Eldorado, which had been sitting in storage for over three decades, was donated to the Williamsport Fire and EMS in Maryland - and they got 26k for it at auction, a big help toward paying for a new fire truck

the ceiling of the Grand Central Terminal in New York City was cleaned more than 20 years ago, all but a small area that shows how filthy it had become from pollution like cigarette smoke

the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse in 1940 exposed a New York insurance agent who'd been embezzling

the Brooklyn newspaper "Daily Eagle" reported about Hallett R. French, the 45-year old Seattle-based insurance agent for Merchants' Fire Assurance Company of New York, who had written an $800,000 policy on the Tacoma Narrows bridge

He was vacationing in Idaho when he got word on November 8 that the bridge collapsed

French believed there was no chance of the bridge collapsing. So, being a rather inept criminal, French deposited the $8,000 in premiums in his bank account without reporting the transaction to his firm.

The insurance company wasn't even aware that they were on the hook for the payout of the policy. 

He was convicted of grand larceny, because he had embezzled 70,000 in premiums, 8000 just on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge policy

wouldn't you rather be on this train ride?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Coffee and donuts video of restoring a bread slicer


How Dupont had a hand in getting people to want to buy a new car. Why? Well, they'd bought the controlling share of GM.

 in 1921 Dupont took over the controlling share of GM and in 1924 GM started selling cars in different colors

migrant worker cleverly towing a simple folding portable house. Alexandria Louisiana, 1940. Notice the "license applied for" sign on the back.

out in front of Barris paint, body, and customizing

interesting, it's my guess that this might be an example of making do with what was available due to the war shortages: Twin Coach Fire Pumpers for England in Kent OH '41, Slide-In Pump Units, Willys Chassis-Body

Bronx boy scouts pushing a jalopy into a wrecking yard for the WW2 scrap drive in 1942

great ads for Kelly Springfield tires

100 years ago, to the week, this was the cover of Life magazine

the world sure has changed a lot in the past 100 years

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

I hope you enjoy the performance of this traffic guard... he's having a lot of fun


All I can learn about this is that it was originally posted in Feb from Japan

places to go, things to do, a race to win, no time for sticking to the track... there's less friction when you're airborne anyway

I can't pass on posting the Snap On Socket Wrench Special!

Here's the real deal, the WW2 Jeep in a crate

unaffected by the WW2 rubber shortage, and never had a flat tire ruin the day

Ford Model AA 1-1/2-ton panel truck in downtown Denver, Colorado. This truck was operated by the Denver Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Ford cheated on smog testing with a car that ran clean when the hood was lifted

 Cackette remembers one Ford that had a subtle switch triggered by opening the hood. The emissions controls worked when the hood was up, as it would be during a smog test, and not when it wasn’t.

when you know your competition really accurately

a comment about the X 15 from Craig

 My very 1st memory in life was busting my dad getting my X-15 ready to give to me the next day for my 5th birthday present. 

He had just saw me take a neighbor's Radio Flyer wagon down a steep hill on the street we lived on and thought it would be a great idea to give me my X-15.

 And to think they came with a seatbelt to strap you in to that heavy piece of steel which somehow mysteriously disappeared after the 1st day. I'm lucky to have lived to tell the tale!! Still, it was a little slice of heaven in my 5 yr old world back then in the 60's. It was also the precursor to my whole life as a daredevil and a painfully handicapped one at that with motorcycles, skateboards and whatever else I could get my hands on to maim myself with but what can I's been one heck of a ride! 

Thanks so much for the memories.

Sincerely, Crazy Craig Oh yeah - VROOOOOOOM !!!

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